|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1913|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 2007|
Augustus C. "Gus" Cardarelli, age 94, of Republic, Pa., passed away Monday, November 19, 2007.
He was born January 1, 1913, in Peruga, Italy, the son of Mariano Cardarelli and Olivia Proetti Cardarelli.
"Gus" was a retired school teacher from the Brownsville Area School District after thirty-six years of service.
He also coached Redstone HighSchool football.
He attended Kansas State University making the Big Six Football Team.
In 1945, he signed a contract to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers but family responsibilities kept him from playing.
He was the owner and operator of Gus's Sporting Goods in Republic.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Republic.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean LaMont Cardarelli in 1978, a sister, Ellen White, a sister in infancy, Bernadine Cardarelli, and his parents.
Surviving are five children: Marian Mirakian and her husband, Barry, of Stowe, Vermont, Louis Cardarelli and his wife, Barbara, of LaBelle, Pa., Olivia Cotto of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Clyde Cardarelli and his wife, Paula, of Perryopolis, Pa., and Janice Howard and her husband, Mark, of Uniontown, Pa.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received in the ROBERT T. KISH FUNERAL HOME, 19 Legion Street, Republic, Pa., today from 3 to 9 p.m. and Friday, November 23, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., the hour of Service with the Rev. J. W. Hormell officiating.
Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Noted Fayette man dies
By Christine Haines, Herald-Standard
Athlete, teacher, businessman and philanthropist - Gus Cardarelli wore each of those hats with ease.
The Italian immigrant who was once signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers died Monday at the age of 94 (95, if he had died in Italy, Cardarelli would have said.)
In two interviews in recent years Cardarelli pointed out to reporters that his age was different depending on the country where it was calculated.
"In Italy as soon as you're born, you're 1. Here in America you aren't 1 until you complete your first year," Cardarelli told local historian and writer Glenn Tunney.
In any country one would calculate that Cardarelli's life was well spent.
Cardarelli taught for 36 years at Redstone Township High School and Brownsville Area High School.
In 1948 Cardarelli opened Gus's Sporting Goods in Republic, which he, his wife and eventually his children, ran in addition to his teaching and coaching duties.
Phil Savini, who served for many years as the president of the Republic Chamber of Commerce, remembers Cardarelli both as a teacher and as a businessman.
"He was a great guy. As a teacher, he kept you entertained with his stories from when he was in high school and college and always related them to health," Savini said. "When I was president of the chamber, he was always supportive of the community. No matter what you needed, he was always forthcoming."
Cardarelli donated athletic shoes, clothing and other items to whomever requested them, Savini said.
"He was also a good friend of the family. He was good friends with my grandparents, as well as with my father and uncles," Savini said.
And he always had a story to share.
Cardarelli was only 8-months old (American calculation) when he and his mother left Italy to join his father in America. His father had been working in the Thompson No. 2 mine. The family moved to Republic, where Cardarelli continued to live for the rest of his life.
Cardarelli attended Redstone High School, where he played football, then went on to play at Kansas State.
In 1939, Cardarelli returned to Republic to accept a teaching and coaching job at Redstone High School.
In 1945, he was offered a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He even signed that contract, that offered the princely sum of $175 for each regularly scheduled game the team played, but then he realized he had transportation problems getting to the Steelers training camp, then located in Hershey.
He decided instead to remain in his stable job at Redstone Township High School, teaching science and health and coaching football, but he kept the single-page contract that he and Art Rooney had signed.
Cardarelli taught until 1975, when he retired at what was by then Brownsville Area High School.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robert T. Kish Funeral Home in Republic.
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